Rosberg hails Mercedes work after crash

By on Saturday, July 2, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg hailed the efforts of his Mercedes squad as they repaired his damaged W07 Hybrid in time for qualifying at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Rosberg crashed out of the final practice session after he suffered a suspension failure which pitched him into the barriers on the exit of Turn 2.

Mercedes was able to repair the damage and get Rosberg out in Q1, from which he progressed to qualify in second place on the grid.

However, his gearbox was damaged in the crash and consequently he was handed a five-place grid penalty for taking a new one, meaning he will start from sixth position, as Sebastian Vettel also drops down.

"It was a huge team effort today, with both sides of the garage working together to get my damaged car ready for qualifying," he said.

"It was a tricky session with the rain and the perfect lap didn't quite come together which meant Lewis was quicker.

"The five place grid penalty will be costly as Lewis [Hamilton] will start from the front tomorrow and it will be tough to fight through the other cars with the Ultra Soft tyre.

"It will definitely be an exciting race, though, and there's still a lot to play for."

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